in five yearsme also movement, French society “remains very sexist in all its sectors,” a government-run equality watchdog said Monday in an annual report that showed double-digit rates of sexual violence reported by women. Also sounded the alarm about the rate of
The High Council for Equality between Women and Men called for a national “emergency plan” to combat what it called the “massive, violent and sometimes fatal consequences” of sexism against women.
In a survey conducted by the council, one-third of women reported being involved in sexual activities by their partners that they did not want. About one in seven female respondents to the survey said they had been sexually forced by men, and the same number said they had been hit and pushed by their partners, the council said.
The council’s president, Sylvie Pierre-Brousselet, expressed particular concern about sexism among young men “bathed in social media, digital (technology), pornography”. She said it was important to “fight sexism from an early age”. He added that the council will present its findings to French President Emmanuel Macron on Wednesday.
“Young people, in particular, are digitally exposed to these scenes of violence around the world, of relationships between men and women that are completely dominated and subjugated,” Pierre-Brousslet told broadcaster France Inter. but is brought up, and it has colored the society.”
“Sexism is very difficult to eradicate,” he added.
The council’s proposed 10-point action plan included calls for stricter regulation of online content. Other proposals include mandating anti-sexism training in workplaces and banning advertisements that suggest some children’s toys are for boys and others for girls.
France has made significant progress in some areas. Prime Minister Elizabeth Bourne is only the second woman to hold the post, and the lower house of parliament has also been the first female president since June, Yael Brown-Pavit.
Macron’s government has also increased police resources to combat domestic violence and offers free birth control to all women up to 25. Lawmakers are also working to constitutionally guarantee France’s abortion rights, aiming to prevent any rollback of reproductive rights. including in the US.
Still, the Equality Council described the overall situation of women in France as “dangerous”.
“Sexism is not in retreat in France,” the council’s report said. “On the contrary, some of its most violent manifestations are getting worse and younger generations are the most affected.”